“Results didn't go our way, but there's still plenty to play for.”
Only the fighting fours managed to come out of week 14 with anything to show for their efforts. Hinay Dassani's men swept aside Ealing at Broom Road, bowling the visitors out for 63 in a little more than 25 overs. The inimitable Mehran Iqbal helped himself to seven wickets whilst the skipper chipped in to take the other three.
In return, the Ts scored at a run a ball to reach their target with the minimum of fuss. Nitin Parab and Uzzi Khan were the main run scorers, although extras made a handy contribution, too.
The win takes the fours above Ealing and ever closer to the promotion places. They are not there yet, but the division is concetinering nicely together (see here). There's still plenty to play for there.
North Midd defeat the ones
The ones had their moments at North Middlesex, but ultimately they came off second best. Carlos Nunes was the undoubted star of the batting show, helping himself to 80 off 103 balls (see here for the card). Mesome Hussain (29) was, however, the next top scorer and beyond him no one else got 20.
North Midd therefore found themselves chasing 173 to win. With two England U19s in their side plus a number of other decent campaigners, they always looked odds on to win, but the Ts did at least take four wickets with them; Tom Grundy returning 2-45, whilst Clint McCabe and Gurjit Sandhu picked up a wicket apiece.
Elsewhere, Brondesbury managed to pick up a winning draw whilst Highgate slipped to a heavy defeat at Ealing. The league table (see here) subsequently sees the Ts 16 points ahead of the relegation zone with 4 games to play.
Twos begin to look to 2019
The twos, however, are now resigned to their fate (see here for the table). A win against Acton and they still had a chance to survive, but poor batting just didn't give the bowlers enough to work with.
Dan Taylor (28) and Phil Nash (27) tried their best to get the Ts innings moving, but five ducks meant that they had precious little support from elsewhere. Tom Field and Parampreet Singh did at least hang around stubbornly at the end, but with an outfield that was like grease lightening 114 never really felt like it'd be enough.
Phil Nash nonetheless picked up a couple of wickets and he caused all the Acton batters problems. Stu Amos also grabbed a couple of poles, but whilst James Hunt (49no in 80 balls) was at the crease Acton were in control. Ultimately, they got home with plenty to spare.
Threes come off second best
The threes slipped to a defeat in a grumpy affair with South Hampstead. Steve Watts' men took first hit, but after a good start they slipped to a disappointing 169 all out.
The Ts nonetheless gave it all they had in the field. Firooz Ahmed's two in two balls pulled South Hampstead back to 142-6 and, at that stage, it looked like the game could go either way. Ozzie Qavi then removed another visiting batter as the hosts piled on the pressure.
But, it wasn't ultimately meant to be and the visitors squeaked home. The Ts now find themselves 11 points away from safety (see here). With win/lose cricket on the agenda now, there's certainly hope there. Indeed, win three out of four and the threes are likely to stay up. Time to concentrate the mind, and chisel out those points.
Tough day for the 5s
The fifths had a long old day in the sun. Shepherd's Bush's Oliver Gibbs scored an impressive 122 as Shay Boo declared on 40 overs with 277 on the board. Chris Wylde did his level best to stem the tide with a stubborn 39 at the top of the Ts' order, but ultimately the impressive Jose Gonzalez took 7-39 and helped the Bush home. The table is yet to be updated (see here), but all eyes are on Lohana to see how they got on.
Moving forward, this week is Cricket Week. That means there's action on the Green every day. Three of the games are all day affairs (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday). With the weather set fair, it should be an excellent week.
Updated 11:48 - 5 Aug 2018 by Dan Hough